Jimmy Ginnelly described Barwell’s 2016 as “a crazy ride” after their final match of the year at Coalville Town on Boxing Day.
The side currently sit tenth in the Northern Premier League, having finished ninth at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
Following a 7-0 defeat at Salford City to start things off, form quickly turned for the Canaries, winning ten league games in a row until early March.
A slow end to the season saw Barwell finish 13 points adrift of the play-off places.
That struggle for results continued into the new campaign, with eleven points collected from the opening ten league matches.
A run of one defeat in eight has helped Ginnelly’s men reach their target for the end of 2016, as the Barwell boss described.
He said: “The plan was to be in the top ten around Christmas and we’ve just managed to do that.
“It was a target we set the lads ten games ago and I’m glad we’ve achieved it.
“2016 has been a very up and down year, but if you would have offered me a top ten spot and be not far off the play-offs, I’d have taken it”.
The manager concedes that his decision to make a number of changes in personnel over the summer contributed towards the sluggish start to the 2016/17 season.
With a number of senior players joining the Kirkby Road side over the early months of the campaign, Ginnelly believes he’s finally found the right balance to his squad.
“It’s been a bit of a crazy ride because we changed our philosophy at the beginning of the season,” the Barwell boss explained.
“We tinkered with the formation and had a lot of players coming in and going out.
“We were looking at younger players and didn’t quite find what we were searching for in those.
“We’ve gone back to working with more experienced lads and they are real team players.
“They are great in the changing room. Whatever I say, they take on board”.
With the top five positions now in sight for the Canaries, Ginnelly has called for focus heading into a crucial final four months of the season.
“I’ve told the lads to concentrate and not pay attention to the play-offs.
“The play-offs are there for the last month of the season and there’s a lot of twists and turns to come before then”.
Source: Barwell FC